This map overlays rural electric cooperatives and disadvantaged communities, as defined by the Council on Environmental Quality’s Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool.
In this analysis, Climate Cabinet found that in 6 in 10 rural electric cooperatives, 10% or more of the service territory is co-located in a Justice40 community. This includes 489 rural electric cooperatives. In 9 cooperatives, the whole of the service territory falls within a Justice40 community.
These maps demonstrate the importance of rural electric cooperatives to engage with the Justice40 program and to dedicate time, energy and resources into working with community members to direct investments, resources and opportunity into the disadvantaged communities.
Reducing the disproportionate burdens felt by Justice40 communities will have an outsized impact on member-owner economic security, energy burden, health and housing quality while addressing persistent, generational iniquities.